Same Sex Marriage

6:13 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Gov. Beshear Explains Decision to Appeal Same-sex Marriage Ruling

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Gov. Steve Beshear says his appeal of a judge's order to recognize same-sex marriages is meant to clarify the law.

Beshear acknowledges that marriage equality supporters are disappointed with his decision to mount an appeal, even though Attorney General Jack Conway has opted not to.

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6:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Conway Defends Same-Sex Marriage Decision


Last month, U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, effectively allowing out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognized in Kentucky.

In an emotional press conference yesterday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway announced that his office would not appeal Heyburn’s decision, saying that to do so would be to “defend discrimination.”

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9:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to Appeal Federal Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Order

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 4:06 pm

Update 5 p.m.: Request for Proposal Issued

The state has issued its request for proposal for an attorney to handle the appeal of a federal judge order that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Here's the document. 

The proposals are due by noon Friday.

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4:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

If AG Won't Appeal Same Sex Marriage - Senator Seeks Law to Allow Third Party Appeal

A Republican state senator says he intends to file a bill that would permit a third-party to appeal a ruling that says Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

Sen. Dan Seum says if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to appeal Judge John Heyburn’s decision that nullifies the state’s ban on gay marriage, his bill would allow others to do so.

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12:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Are Recognized in Kentucky at the Moment. Here's What That Means.

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage certificate.

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 4:32 pm

 Update 5:26 p.m.: Conway's Statement

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9:29 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Judge to Soon Issue Final Opinion in Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Case

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 6:18 pm

A federal judge intends to issue on final ruling on whether Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages within the next day.

The action could mean that same-sex couples married outside of Kentucky would be officially recognized by the state immediately, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case—Bourke v. Beshear—said on Tuesday. But state Attorney General Jack Conway could appeal the case (he has 30 days) and then ask for a stay on recognizing out-of-state same-sex couples.

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4:42 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Kentucky House Speaker Stumbo Supportive of Heyburn Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he supports a federal judge's opinion that requires Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Stumbo doesn't think it will affect House elections this fall, where Democrats will defend a narrow 8-seat majority over Republicans.

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4:32 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

How Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Began and Where It's Going

It was a very different time in 2004, politically and socially. George W. Bush was poised to sail into a second term in the White House. Hearings in Saddam Hussein’s war crimes trial began in earnest. And “Shrek 2” was making millions at the box office.

And Kentucky, along with 10 other states, voted to ban same-sex marriages. 

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3:59 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Advocates Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Decision, But Some Expect an Appeal

Same-sex marriage advocates are celebrating today’s decision requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, but some don’t think it went far enough.

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7:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

IL House Passes Same-Sex Marriage

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says his state is an example for the nation after the House approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage in the state.

The Democrat says he'll sign the bill when it gets to his desk.

He says Illinois is on the right side of history and took a stand for equal rights. The House approved the measure 61-54 Tuesday.

Quinn watched the floor debate which lasted more than two hours.

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